Daily Word Of God
On the Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.
In their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked it saying, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.
The people were so astonished that they started asking one another what it all meant, saying, ‘Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’ And his reputation at once spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Jesus teaches with authority whereas the Pharisees and Scribes taught by quoting the authority. Jesus’ authority is drawn from Himself; only God can have such an “authority.” That is why the hearers were amazed.
- Today many people are deceived by the power of mass media and by the propaganda of business and politics. They live as slaves of consumerism, controlled by the power of money and by what the propaganda announces and recommends.
- Examine your lifestyle. Ask the Lord to show you any areas you may need to change so that your life is more deeply rooted on the Gospel of Christ and inspired by His Life, Death and Resurrection and not on worldly